Obtaining Your Kentucky Nursing License

KENTUCKY BOARD OF NURSING

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312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 300
Louisville, KY  40222
Phn:  502-429-3300 Fax:   502-429-3311

http://www.kbn.ky.gov/

COMPACT STATE

LICENSE BY ENDORSEMENT

Processing Fees

 

Temp License Processing

Application

$165.00

*Approx 14 days upon receipt of all required docs – valid for 6 months (must not have any prior convictions OR disciplinary actions)

Temp License

Fee included

Fingerprint

$14.75

*KBN does not issue license cards

Online Application
https://ssla.state.ky.us/kbnursing/TypeMethodApplication.aspx

Documents Needed

Temp

Perm

Completed application

Yes

Yes

Verification of original state license

No

Yes

Federal Criminal Background Check  (request FP card)

Yes

Yes

State Criminal Background Check (online requests only)

Yes

Yes

Official Transcripts (if original license is NOT a NURSYS state)

Yes

Yes

Complete the KY jurisprudence exam

Yes

Yes

Evidence of 2 contact hours of HIV/AIDS

No

Yes

Must complete the KY Jurisprudence Exam online after completing the endorsement application
https://ssla.state.ky.us/KBNursing/SearchLic.aspx?TYP=LICREQ

Request fingerprint card – Federal Background Check
https://ssla.state.ky.us/kbnursing/FingerPrintCard.aspx 

Request AOC report – State Background Check
http://kcoj.kycourts.net/PublicMenu/Default.aspx?header=AOC+FastCheck

*Temporary permits are issued while other required docs are in process of receiving a permanent license.  Additional necessary steps to receive a permanent license MUST also be initiated.

LICENSE RENEWAL

Processing Fees

 

Renewal License Processing

Timely

$65

Within 24 hours

Reinstatement

$135

2 or more weeks depending on requirements

Additional Info

  • Federal and State background check is required for reinstatements
  • Verification of employment required for employment outside of KY for at least 500 hours within past 5 years
  • CE requirements vary for reinstatements vary depending on each year after expiration.  See the CE requirements   on the KBN website.
  • Must complete the KY jurisprudence exam if license has been lapsed for one year or more.

Online Renewal
https://ssla.state.ky.us/kbnursing/TypeMethodApplication.aspx    

Online Reinstatement
https://ssla.state.ky.us/kbnursing/SearchLic.aspx?TYP=ARNP

Verify a KY license
https://secure.kentucky.gov/kbn/bulkvalidation/basic.aspx

NOTE:  Mailing address to send application/docs may be different than the physical address